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Synology DS412+ Diskless System High-Performance & Easy to Manage 4-bay All-in-1 NAS Server for SMB Users
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I now have 3 of these Synology DS412+ NAS units... and I am super impressed with everything about them. I also have an older DS411+ unit and it also works, although its a touch slower than these DS412+ units.

Cons: None. Nothing bad that I can convey.

Other Thoughts: I started off with the DS411+ unit in 2010 and it has gone through all of the software upgrades that Synology released. Never once did I have a problem - You DO read the instructions, yes?

DS412+ NAS units are faster and are of a different physical construction than the DS411+. I'm OK with the physical construction of the DS412+ NAS units as I have them sitting on a stable shelf.

I use these 3 units with my Macs (AFP) and Linux (NFS) machines. Mostly, I use them to feed my Oppo 95 BD player via DLNA in my Home Theater setup and this works like a champ.

I am still in process of ripping my video library (DVD and BD), and I am impressed with the Ethernet transfer speeds from my Mac Pro to the NAS412+ units. Most of my BD video results in a ~30GB MKV file and this is what I upload to feed my Oppo. A couple minutes each to upload.

I am using 4 Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB HD's in each unit. OK, these are desktop drives with a terrible warranty period, but they have a sweet spot in pricing and I have in house spares for failures (none yet). I run these 3TB drives in RAID 1 (Mirrored) for 2 volumes per DS412+. I'm getting about 2.7 TB useable space per volume and they are formatted with Linux EXT4 FS. Should I have a single disk problem, I can move the "good" drive over to my Linux host and recover the files, hence the mirrors as oppose to RAID 5. Should this happen, after the recovery of the files, I'll put the "good" drive back in and execute the recovery process for a RAID 1 volume, just by following the instructions. You know, read before you leap.

Last year, Synology had a problem with a "blue light" something, but these units have been solid and they are current software wise. I think you can safely ignore that issue.

Don't know what else to say... They are superb units for me. Go to Synology's web site and peruse the features and then head over to the user community and take a look around.


Acronis True Image 2013 - DVD
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Works 01/26/2013

This review is from: Acronis True Image 2013 - DVD

Pros: Works... Will transfer a WinXP installation from one disk to another disk, within the same hardware platform.

Cons: Be careful... This version will NOT transfer a WinXP installation from one hardware type to another dissimilar hardware type... You have to purchase the more expensive version.

Other Thoughts: I wanted this software to "lift" the WinXP installation from my older hardware to a Linux based VMware Workstation 9 guest OS setup. This version of the Acronis will NOT do this... I will have to have a long and hard conversation with the Windows SA knuckleheads at work and correct their errant ways.

There maybe other features that may be useful to you, but I had only purpose for this software, and it did move my WinXP install to a larger disk within the same hardware. Considering the cost to me for this software, I'm OK with this narrow functionality.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs About time water cooling became common! 12/01/2012

This review is from: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Pros: Very well done!

Honestly, I cannot tell you how well this CPU cooler works. I don't have anything to compare it to, and I'm simply NOT inclined to try some other cooling solution, just to see. However, the temps I am seeing with a Core i7-3820 installed in an Asus P9X79 PRO, are entirely reasonable. I am NOT overclocking this setup as I see NO long term value in doing so.

See below for some temps.

Cons: None, really.

- The fins on the radiator are a bit "soft", easily nicked. No eggs off as I should have paid better attention to what I was doing. No real damage.

- The copper cpu contact surface is also a bit soft. I nicked a corner on the case. Again, no eggs off as I should have paid better attention to what I was doing. Again, no real damage.

Other Thoughts: The overall fit and finish is very good. Transport packaging is superb.

In operation, I have the fans set to medium speed and I do not have a problem with noise... barely audible. Well, except for power on, then it full roar until the UEFI has posted and the machine starts booting. Not a problem.

This unit does not have the pump noise issue that I read about.

My preference would be for more flexible hoses and I am not fond of the "ribbed" exterior. The length of the hoses, in my installation, was nearly spot on.

How installed it... In attaching the radiator to the case (Obsidian Series 650D) I stacked felt pads between the radiator the case. I also canted the radiator so that the hose side is marginally lower than the non hose side. I wanted to encourage the fluid to flow to the pump. On the corners, I carefully used two stacked felt pads on the hose side and one felt pad on the non hose side. Also, when the case is in its proper orientation, I installed the pump on the cpu with the discharge and intake lines on the bottom.

Some noted temps, as reported by the system board:

Large Room, Ambient: 74 F
20 minute Idle, in the BIOS screen: 80.6 F - 82.4 F cpu temp

After 24+ hours of running RC5-72: 91.4 F cpu temp

When the room got hot, I noted a 100.2 F cpu temp. Can't find my notes as to what it was doing.

My initial case was a COOLER MASTER HAF XM RC-922XM-KKN1... There weren't any problem installing the H100 in this case.

Overall, quite pleased. Well done product.


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Display Name: Gregory T.

Date Joined: 04/27/04

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